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Visitor notices and Garden rules

Registered disability assistance dogs are welcome, no other dogs are allowed in the Gardens

Visitor notices and closures

Early closing and short-term closures

  • 19 February: the Kew Explorer will run at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm only.
  • Treehouse Towers, our outdoor play area, has closed to make way for an exciting new Children's Garden. Climbers and Creepers (indoor play area) remains open.
  • Until mid-February: the path running from the Woodland Walk to the west side of the Stable Yard will be closed due to resurfacing work.
  • Until late-February: Camelia Walk will be closed due to resurfacing work. Access to the galleries is still possible via Holly Walk.
  • Until early-March: The path from Princess Walk to the Minka House, which runs parallel to Syon Vista will be closed for resurfacing.
  • 26 February: the Princess of Wales Conservatory will close at 3.30pm for a private event.
  • 28 February: the Marianne North Gallery will close at 3pm. 
  • 12 to 30 March: the Shirley Sherwood Gallery will be closed.
  • 17-18 and 24-25 March: the Marianne North Gallery will be closed.
  • 4 April: the Marianne North Gallery and Shirley Sherwood Gallery will close at 3pm.

During adverse weather conditions we may need to close the upper level of The Hive.

Winter closures

Kew Palace, Royal Kitchens, Queen's Charlotte Cottage, Waterlily House will all reopen in spring 2018.

Closed for restoration work

Closure of the Gardens

  • Kew Gardens is open all year except for 24 and 25 December

For closing and opening times

Garden rules

Help us to look after Kew Gardens and protect our plants and buildings for years to come by following these simple rules:

  • 16s and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Only registered disability assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens - please leave your pets at home.
  • Help protect our plants so that people from all over the world can enjoy them - climbing, picking or pruning is not allowed.
  • Please be careful when walking through the Gardens and avoid walking over planted areas.
  • Bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, skateboards, micro-scooters, balance bikes and other vehicles (except powered wheelchairs) must be left at the gates.
  • Leave the flying to the birds - drones and other remotely controlled aircraft are not allowed.
  • Enjoy the peace and tranquility of Kew - please don't bring radios, music players and musical instruments into the Gardens.
  • Kew Gardens is the perfect place for picnics - please stick to grassy areas and don't bring barbecues or picnic furniture.
  • To protect our lawns, ball games and sports (including jogging) are not allowed in the Gardens.
  • Our narrow Treetop Walkway is not suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs, please leave them on the ground.
  • Teachers, please be kind to our shop staff and only allow 10 children at a time into the shops.


For visitor information please contact Kew Gardens Visitor Information on +44 (0)20 8332 5655 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or email

For commercial photography or painting, or if you'd like to paint with an easel in one of our glasshouses, please contact to request permission.

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